trunature Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) also known as the "sunshine vitamin" is important for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D plays an important role in the immune system and may be helpful in the maintenance of breast and colon health. When combined with adequate calcium, Vitamin D also supports muscle function. Vitamin D may be helpful for those with limited sun exposure.
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*** Here is a side-by-side comparison of ten leading Vitamin D3 supplements: Nutrigold Vitamin D3 Gold (500 I.U.), Doctor's Best Vitamin D3 5000iu (360 Count), Now Foods Vitamin D3, Life Extension Vitamin D3, Nature Made Vitamin D3 5000 I.U., Nature's Bounty Vitamin D3, Thorne Research D-5,000, Schiff Mega D3, Nordic Naturals Vitamin D3, and TruNature Extra Strength Vitamin D3.
The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It is used, alone or in combination with calcium, to increase bone mineral density and decrease fractures. Recently, research also suggests that vitamin D may provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.
Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.
People who don't get enough sun, especially people living in Canada and the northern half of the US, are especially at risk. Vitamin D deficiency also occurs even in sunny climates, possibly because people are staying indoors more, covering up when outside, or using sunscreens consistently these days to reduce skin cancer risk.
Older people are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency.Read more ›
My blood work from a previous visit to the Dr's office indicated I had a Vitamin D deficiency. I guess I haven't been getting enough sun exposure. Due to my levels, the doctor recommended over the counter (OTC) Vitamin D supplements instead of giving me a prescription. The doctor did recommend purchasing Vitamin D3 over D2 due to better absorption into the body. I compared offerings at local drug stores and finally settled on Trunature's Vitamin D3 extra strength from Costco for its value. These pills contain 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 and 200 mg of organic flaxseed oil. The extra strength 5000 IU quickly stabilized my Vitamin D levels over a 3 month period. Not only did my follow up exam reflect sufficient levels, I felt like I had more energy. This could be the effect of knowing I was correcting a problem, but I stand by it. The extra strength 5000 IU of Vitamin D provided enough extra at safe levels in case I missed a day or two throughout the week. Most of the other OTC supplements were in the 2000-3000 IU range. These were very easy to swallow (about half the size of a Centrum multivitamin) and come in a large quantity for the money!
Pros: -Cheap/Good value -Large quantity (500 soft gels) -Easy to swallow -5000 IU Vit. D for rapid recovery from deficiency -organic flaxseed (200mg)
Buy without hesitation to ensure strong bones, immune system, colon health, muscles, and overall body. My bottle has a long expiration in 2014.
Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to respond.
5000 U of Vitamin D3 is a good dose and you only need to take one capsule. The capsules are small and easy to store in a dose box. If you have low vitamin D3 levels, it's important to supplement and this is a very good value.
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